Desert Tech SRS
The Desert Tech Stealth Recon Scout (SRS) is a bolt-action sniper rifle developed by the Utah-based firearm manufacturer Desert Tech (formerly Desert Tactical Arms). It was unveiled at the 2008 SHOT Show. It is known for its bullpup design.
|Desert Tech Stealth Recon Scout|
A Stealth Recon Scout in .338 Lapua Magnum
|Type||Bullpup bolt-action sniper rifle|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Unit cost||US$3395 (Chassis)|
A shorter variant of the SRS, called the SRS Covert, shares all the same features of the SRS, but uses shorter barrels and therefore a shorter handguard.
Design and features
The Stealth Recon Scout is notably unusual in that it is one of the few sniper rifles that is a bullpup bolt-action layout. This gives the rifle a relatively compact design, claimed to be 11 inches (280 mm) shorter than conventional sniper rifles. Because of the bullpup layout, the magazine and bolt are behind the pistol grip, and therefore the operation is slightly different from most other conventional designs. Its design is very similar to the German DSR-1, which preceded the DTA SRS. This layout also shifts more weight to the rear of the rifle; the manufacturer claims that this creates a central balancing point. The sling points are balanced with the centerline of the weapon to ensure it lies flat when slung. It features an adjustable cheekrest, and a raised, contoured buttpad helps to seat it more securely into the shooter's shoulder. The gun weighs 10.5 lbs at its lightest, which makes it easy to use with a bipod or large scope.
The Stealth Recon Scout was originally designed around the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge, but is also available in many other calibers, including; .260 Remington, 6.5mm Creedmoor, 6.5×47mm Lapua, 7mm WSM, .308 Winchester, and .300 Winchester Magnum — all of which can be changed in a quick conversion. The SRS is fed from a five-round box magazine, and uses a 22–26 in (560–660 mm) match fluted, free floated barrel. While the barrel is standard with a muzzle brake, it can be removed to allow access to a threaded muzzle for the attachment of a suppressor. The rifle is guaranteed to have a standard 0.5 moa (0.15 mrad) accuracy and uses a 1-6 lbs (4-27 N) adjustable match trigger.
The rifle is constructed of polymer (available in olive drab, tan, or black), aluminum, and steel. The handguard and upper receiver use a Picatinny rail system for attaching accessories such as a bipod or a telescopic sight. The safety can be operated without removing the user's hand from the pistol grip, and the magazine release can be operated with one hand.
A shorter variant of the SRS, called the SRS Covert, shares all the same features of the SRS, but uses shorter barrels and therefore a shorter handguard. The short barreled version of the rifle as stated by the manufacturer is to give users, (particularly military and law enforcement) a more compact and maneuverable for close quarters. It uses 16" and 18" barrels in some of the above-mentioned calibers.
- Stealth Recon Scout (SRS)
- SRS-A2 (replaced A1 version)
- Stealth Recon Scout Covert
- SRS-A1 Covert
- SRS-A2 Covert (replaced A1 version)
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